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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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Farms and Food For the Future: CIAS 2016 Annual Report

Posted June 2017

In 2016, CIAS was honored to work with many dedicated partners as we furthered our research, education and outreach in sustainable agriculture and food. Our popular grower schools trained 172 beginning farmers in production, marketing and business management. In its fourth year, the CIAS mini-grant program supported eight UW-Madison graduate students with funding for summer research in sustainable agriculture. Our work in food systems included farm to school, domestic fair trade, outreach and technical assistance to diverse growers, and workshops. Our effort to create more resilient farms, communities and ecosystems by incorporating perennial crops into agricultural systems is taking hold.

This report highlights our key accomplishments and acknowledges the many donors who supported our work in 2016.

Read the 2016 CIAS Annual Report (PDF)